The Benefits of Pediatric Sealants

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Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on your child’s molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the anatomized grooves. 

Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. 

The process of applying sealants is easy and fast. The application steps are as follows: 

  • We thoroughly clean the teeth 
  • The teeth are dried 
  • A liquid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth 
  • The solution is cured using a special curing light Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They may last for several years before a reapplication is needed. While the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. 

Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so your child needs to continue to floss daily. 

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Effective Cavity Prevention

Dental sealants provide a protective barrier over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth, where cavities are most likely to develop. They help prevent food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in the grooves and pits, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Quick and Painless Application

The application of sealants is a quick and painless procedure. Dr. Schweizer will clean and prepare your child’s teeth, then apply the sealant material, which hardens quickly to form a strong protective shield without causing any discomfort.

Long-Lasting Protection

Sealants provide long-lasting protection against cavities, often lasting several years with proper care. Regular dental check-ups will ensure the sealants remain intact and effective, offering continuous protection as your child grows.

Cost-Effective Preventive Measure

Applying sealants is a cost-effective way to prevent cavities and avoid more extensive dental treatments. By protecting your child’s teeth from decay, sealants help reduce the need for fillings, crowns, and other dental work, saving you time and money in the long run.

Complements Good Oral Hygiene

While sealants provide excellent protection, they work best when combined with good oral hygiene practices. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are still essential. Sealants add an extra layer of defense, enhancing your child’s overall dental care routine.

Dental sealants can reduce the risk of cavities in your child’s molars by up to 80%. Sealants create a protective barrier that prevents food and bacteria from getting trapped in the grooves of teeth.